EU Sources - The precarious situation of self-employed - September 30, 2017

In a study, commissioned by the European Commission, on support to jobseekers who want to become self-employed or start their own business several interesting findings are presented. The main concern for unemployed people wanting to start their own business is the lack of income security. Continued low income means that the self-employed cannot build up the necessary reserves for the future. They are likely to fall into poverty if the business fails or when they reach retirement age. The risk that this situation might occur is markedly higher where people have been pushed into self-employment. Another report, published by Eurofound, reveals that a quarter of all the self-employed belong to the groups of economically dependent, vulnerable or concealed workers. Most of these workers are self-employed for the lack of a better alternative. Their situation is characterised by economic dependence, low work autonomy and financial vulnerability.

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